• Duration: 18 Days
  • Diffculty: Moderate 
  • Best Time: May - August
  • Max. Altitude: 3,800 m

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek - Stunningly Colorful Buddhist Monks' Mask Dance

Upper Mustang known as Lo is a remote Himalayan province situated north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. It is being surrounded by the Tibetan plateau on all sides except the south which links with Nepal. Due to its proximity to and long association with Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle, religion, art, and culture remain intact on this rain shadow upper Mustang. We can see its magnificent monasteries, palaces, and the remains of massive, rambling forts of the 15th and 16th centuries. Most of the monasteries in the upper Mustang belong to the Sakayapa sect, represented by colored strips of grey, white and red. The People of Lo are highly religious and festivals such as Tiji form an integral part of their lives. This TIJI festival Mustang Trek offers a great opportunity to all the trekkers to experience the local Tibetan culture in its best form.

Tiji Festival in Lomonthang, Upper Mustang

Tiji is three days long annual festival celebrated at Lo Manthang in front of the King's palace. This is one of the most well-known and revered festivals in the whole Mustang region. It is a time of celebration and religious pilgrimage for the people of Lo. The festival initially began as a religious ceremony, to ward off obstacles and suffering that might befall the region. Later it also comes to symbolize the hope and strength of the people of Lo. Administratively Lo is being divided into seven provinces known as Lo Tso Dhun. People in Mustang strongly believed that the Tiji festival brings hope and peace and protects them from evil forces. It is base on the myth of a deity Dorje Shunu also called Vajrakila, who took rebirth to subdue all the evil forces and demons that created hell and suffering on earth.

Mustang Trekking on Festival

Through the power of Tiji festival's dances and the variety of forms he takes, The deity defeats the demons. Thereby bring peace and prosperity to the kingdom. Thus the festival depicts the victory of good over evil. It is believed that the people of Lo Manthang started to celebrate the Jiji festival in the 15 century at the time of Lama Lowo Khenchen. He is one of the greatest Buddhist teachers and son of King Amgon Sangpo. During the three-day masked dance Tiji festival in Lo Monthang, upper Mustang, the chosen monk representing Dorge Shunu reveals his various forms and an ancient Thangka painting of Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava is being displayed as the beating of drums and chanting fill the air of Lo Manthang.

In the days approaching Tiji, the trails from the surrounding villages to Lo Manthang are packed with local people and mule caravans. Some driving on Jeep nowadays to participate and celebrate their most awaited annual festival. Thus Mustang Tiji festival trek becomes a special holiday trip to witness the diverse topography with the spellbound festival at its best form. Nowhere else can be seen? Mountain Monarch is regularly organizing this special Upper Mustang Tiji festival trek each year. The booking for the 2021 trip is already open, seats are limited. Thus hurry up and reserve your place to witness this Tiji festival in Lo Monthang upper Mustang in May 2021.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Special Tiji festival trip to La Manthang in Mustang
  • 3 days long Tiji festival inside the palace of Lo Manthang
  • Traditional culture on display including the Monk's Mask Dance
  • Full board meals and drinking water on the trek
  • Medically trained trek guide with comprehensive first aid kit
  • Accompanied with trek guide and porters
  • Required trek gear for use while on a trek
  • Special trek permit, hotel, transportation, flight
What's Included
  • Arrival and departure Airport transfer
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin share with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program
  • Half-day guided cultural tour in Kathmandu with heritage entrance permit
  • Teahouse/lodge accommodation while on a trek on twin share
  • Full board meals while on upper Mustang Tiji festival trekking.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit for the Tiji festival trek
  • Annapurna conservation entry trek permit and other trek documentation.
  • Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara airfare with airport tax
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara drive
  • Free use of trekking gears like a sleeping bag, down jacket, liner, trekking poles, etc
  • Complementary trek Duffle bag and T-shirt to every trekker on Tiji festival trip.
  • Medical trained experienced trekking guide with first aid kit
  • Trek Sherpa and porters with all their gear, wages, insurance.
  • A Kathmandu city map and Mustang region trekking map
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry visa and your personal travel insurance of any kind
  • International airfare
  • Drinks and main meals while on the city like Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips and items of personal nature expenses like postage, laundry

Customer Reviews

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    Robert White 5.0CanadaPublished July 15, 2017

    A very worthwhile trek

    Once again, Pradip your company and staff exceeded our expectations. I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of the service provided by other trekking companies, but I find it hard to believe that any could exceed Mountain Monarch’s level of service and the level of support that your guides and Sherpas gave us. Sunil, Jay, Pemba and the rest of our guides were terrific in every way imaginable; we could not thank them enough.

    The Mustang area is dry and quite stark but has a subtle beauty that impressed us all. A very worthwhile trek with spellbound 3 days long Tiji festival.

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    Brendan Kelly 5.0United KingdomPublished July 02, 2017

    Wonderful service

    I recently completed two Treks with Mountain Monarch. First was a solo trek with my own guide to Langtang and the other was joining a group Trek to Upper Mustang and the Tiji Festival. On all occasions, Mountain Monarch provided a wonderful service. This including great advice in providing advice to help me plan my holiday and to the service provided by all the staff on the Treks that saw their roles as not only guides but to ensure we all had an enjoyable time, as well as learning more about the land we were Trekking through. I am happy to recommend Mountain Monarch that is reliable, financially competitive, and takes extra steps to ensure that your time in Nepal is enjoyable and hassle-free.

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